Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2017)
Kenya has enjoyed rather successful education systems for many years. However in the recent past, the country’s source of pride has met an uncommon enemy in terrorism. Terrorism has affected education in many areas, particularly in the North Eastern Region formerly the Northern Frontiers District (NFD). These terrorists are organized international criminal elements with obvious disdain for international law. Other regions in the pastoral communities have also had the threats to education through cattle rustling and cross border skirmishes. But the effects of these have been below the par, compared to the adverse effects of terrorist attacks on education in North Eastern Region. Beginning the year 2012, the Islamic group Al Shabaab has carried out attacks in Kenya that have sought to destabilize the country. In their purported revenge against the presence of Kenyan troops in their country, the education sector has not been spared. They have attacked and killed teachers, students, destroyed schools among many other heinous crimes. These have had widespread profound effects on normal daily activities of the citizens. Their most recent brazen and heinous attacks led to the deaths of one hundred and forty two students at Garissa University College leading to the eventual closure of the college. The government has come up with measures to ensure that security remains tight around the country. Some of these have been effective but not entirely sufficient or reliable. There is need for better and sustainable measures to ensure the education sector in such areas recovers from the frequent terrorists’ attacks.
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